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Evan Venegas – Manipulating the Grid

ev16-mix-editBy Caitlyn Shea

Evan Venegas paints visual labyrinths that encapsulate the rhythm and pulse of the urban landscape.  His abstract paintings feature complex compositions and enticing color relationships. Venegas takes us on an aerial journey to NYC, and expresses his love for the ever-shifting city.  He does not work from photos, and instead relies upon his own experiences in the boroughs to navigate the puzzle-like environments that he concocts.

Although NYC is known for its unpredictable nature, the city was designed based on a grid; and that is exactly where Venegas begins laying out his paintings.  The grid is apparent in his paintings and gives them a strong sense of structure and order.  The order is then disrupted and pushed beyond its limits by tumultuous shapes that break into the predetermined planes.  Venegas explains: “I use the backdrop of the grid as a starting point. Then I allow myself to playfully connect, intercept and manipulate the spaces inside this simple structure. This is an expression of what I think happens in the city. “

Music is inherent in each CFBL712painting; the painterly choices he makes are reminiscent of expressionist painters that were influenced by jazz.   Venegas’ father was a musician and he stressed the importance of continuously practicing.  Venegas recalls: “Through extensive practicing, you can reach a point where playing the right note becomes second nature. Then you have the freedom to improvise, using your intuition but with a sophisticated working knowledge. I made a seemingly rebellious decision to not become a musician when I was younger. I decided visual art was what I wanted to explore. I adopted the same principles my father taught me about playing music, but I use tone and variation of color as my musical notes.”

LostGrid-A28Not everyone sees the cities that Venegas creates; in fact viewers see many different objects and concepts in his paintings.  Venegas does embrace viewers bringing their own interpretations to his work.  He explains: “I never intended for people to have this experience. But I started to hear early on in my painting career that this is what was happening. It’s enough for me as an artist to make something that others can lose them self in and take a break from reality. Also, I am fascinated with the imagery people come up with in their minds.”

Evan is one of many artists exhibiting artwork at Sparkboom’s Artspace Unplugged. The work will be on display until August 14th at 20 Terry Street in Patchogue.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Caitlyn SImagehea is a professional fine art painter. She studied Studio Art and Art History at Pratt Institute and Skidmore College before graduating with a BFA from Adelphi University in 2011. Outside of her studio, Shea is captivated by the pluralism that exists in art today, and the ways in which individual artists define themselves and their practices in order to carve out a unique career. By interviewing participating SPARKBOOMTM artists, Shea looks to develop a dialogue between practicing artists and an audience that does not only include other art experts, but people who have a newfound urge to become involved in experiencing the work of fresh, exciting artists.

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Meishan Pan – Connecting with Human Emotions

CPan3By Caitlyn Shea

Meishan Pan creates striking, large scale paintings of the human face and body.  I was fortunate enough to view her work as it was being installed at Artspace Patchogue earlier this month.  Her powerful works have an immediate and strong presence in the gallery.  The paintings are left raw and unapologetically unframed.  Using a limited palette of black, white, and grays, human faces become the main focus of her paintings.  The facial expressions she chooses to portray run the gamut from tranquility all the way to pain and anguish.

Allowing rCPan2oom for drips and splatters, Pan says her paintings are inspired by her memories.  She works from photos that she takes herself.  She will have two paintings at Artspace Unplugged.  One is of a woman’s face from her series entitled “Because of You.”  The figure’s eyes meet our gaze and create a confrontational, yet elusive effect.  She describes the series as being about: “different emotions human beings face nowadays. Because people come into our life and cause us to be happy, frustrated, depressed and many emotions.”  She will also be showcasing a painting of an elderly man; she is fascinated by the narrative written across his face.  She says: “I personally like to draw old faces because of the attractions behind those faces. The lines and wrinkles left on their faces tell stories they have experienced in their life, it is a celebration of life.”

CPan1Pan learned to draw in China, where she was born and raised.  Her paintings are beyond portraits, capturing remarkable emotions and energetic mark-making.  Her work must be seen in person to be fully appreciated for their painterly quality and large scale magnitude.

Join us for Artspace Unplugged on August 9th at Artspace Patchogue. SPARKBOOM™ will be featuring over 40 artists and 4 live musical acts, delicious Craft Beer courtesy of Saint James Brewery and tasty Food courtesy of Mia’s River Avenue Deli. It is a free event open to all! RSVP here via Facebook.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Caitlyn SImagehea is a professional fine art painter. She studied Studio Art and Art History at Pratt Institute and Skidmore College before graduating with a BFA from Adelphi University in 2011. Outside of her studio, Shea is captivated by the pluralism that exists in art today, and the ways in which individual artists define themselves and their practices in order to carve out a unique career. By interviewing participating SPARKBOOMTM artists, Shea looks to develop a dialogue between practicing artists and an audience that does not only include other art experts, but people who have a newfound urge to become involved in experiencing the work of fresh, exciting artists.

 

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Jeffrey Allen Price – Reconfiguring What is Mundane

By Jenna Weisbrickolages_wall_full_corner_test6_20_14sm

With his inventive methods in recomposing materials and symbolic gestures, the work of Jeffrey Allen Price is something to take a deeper look at. Broken down into several series of works all named by literal puns from the artist it is the reaction from nature that grounds these pieces. As a jack of all trades in the art world from paintings to performance art to installations, Price chose to encounter his art his own way using materials from his own life and his studio to assist. As a result aesthetically beautiful and intriguing works of art is created with unconventional, nature relying processes, alluding to the passage of time, death, and decay.

This artist has truly been dedicated to his work for the past 20 years not only collecting materials but also tending to his ABSORPTION MODULES. ABMODS, for short, is paper that has been stained with natural substances, weighed dimageown outdoors for a significant amount of time to be affected by nature. Prepared stacks of paper un-perfected by nature combined with the precise amount of care by Price, as if tending to a garden. He explains “After a period of weeks or months, I determine by aesthetic “feel” which GardenStacks are “ripe” and ready to be “harvested.”  They are then collected, dried and prepared to be “consumed,” or made ready for exhibition.” The natural process of the decaying paper corresponds to the same process of death. Price states “Their slowly disintegrating surfaces mimic the process of death. Absorption Modules absorb time.”

Jeffrey Allen Price will be exhibiting his work at SPARKBOOM’s ArtSpace Unplugged event Saturday, August 9th from 6-10 PM at 20 Terry Street in Patchogue, NY. Come experience his ritualistic configuration of the mundane. RSVP via Facebook here.

Explore Jeffrey’s website here: www.jeffreyallenprice.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

rain roomJenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.

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The Inner Workings of Oliver Peterson

Big_Top_by_oliver_peterson

“Big Top”

By Jenna Weis

Inspiration can come from almost anywhere in any form and according to artist Oliver Peterson the world offers such an abundance of creative influences that drive his artistic endeavors. From history, literature, and films to the paranormal and comic books, just about anything worth experiencing is of interest to the artist. Using found materials that intrigue his senses, Peterson constructs eye-catching collages of expressive and energetic responses to the subject matter at hand. With a BFA from the School of Visual arts and an MFA in writing from Long Island University, his artistic eye and experience as a journalist shine through his pieces that not only are visually compelling but also communicate with the viewer.

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“Elegy”

The physical act of art making is a main factor in how these pieces are produced. Each element relating to the next then arranged based on the particular subject matter and Peterson’s creative conscience. Peterson explains “Visually, it just happens through small decisions and what’s available to me at the time. Content-wise, it can be random, but more and more I find themes and follow them through as I go. I rarely set out to do anything. I prefer to let the process be my guide.” Combining paint, patinas, paper and relevant materials his 2D pieces work so naturally all together and individually. It is as if these materials, colors, and ideas were meant to coincide within one work of art.

"Apes On Planet"

“Apes On Planet”

Peterson’s more recent journey has delved into his love of comic books and action figures. With an immense toy collection of his own, he removed them from their boxes and took photos as a more laid back and light hearted way let out his creativity. He says “Photographing them is a way to interact and have fun with my toys in a way that’s at least a tiny bit more adult than sitting on the floor and playing with them!… The toys photos provided a way for me to be creative without all the pressures and demands I had set for myself with the other medium.” When I asked if there was a certain message to his work he said there wasn’t, just his way to let it be known that he is present in the world .Or as he cleverly puts it… “This is me. Here’s all the s*** that’s making noise in my head. I want it out and you seem to enjoy looking at it!”

Come view Oliver’s work at SPARKBOOM’s Artspace Unplugged event August 9th at 20 Terry Street in Patchogue from 6-10PM. There will an abundance of art to see, live acoustic music and craft beer and food courtesy of Saint James Brewery and Mia’s River Avenue Deli! RSVP here via FB!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

rain roomJenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.

 

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